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TUC: CONGRESS 2021
This week we had TUC: Congress 2021, with a packed agenda and plenty of debates and discussions.   The line-up of guest speakers included leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, and on the final day there was recognition of the outstanding achievements of dedicated trade union reps who stepped up to the challenges of the pandemic. ...
1.6 million furlough cliff edge risks killing recovery before it even starts
GMB has called for urgent talks with the Government and employers to avoid mass lay-offs when the Job Retention Scheme ends after 30 September. ...
NHS and Care Levy Cash Must Be Ring-Fenced For Workers
GMB, the union for NHS and social care workers, says any new funding must include ring-fenced cash for the workers who keep things running every day....
Local government, councils and schools: pay ballot is now open
GMB members working in local government, councils, schools and academies, and whose pay, terms and conditions are governed by the National Joint Council, are taking part in the biggest GMB pay ballot of the year, as balloting opened today (1 September)....
GMB RESPONDS TO CALLS FOR 'URGENT' NHS RESCUE PLAN
GMB, the union for health workers, has responded to Labour’s call for an urgent NHS rescue plan.   Analysis by the party shows patients are routinely waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. ...
GMB AND UBER PLEDGE TO END EXPLOITATION OF MORE THAN 200,000 DRIVERS
GMB Union and Uber committed to end the exploitation of more than 200,000 drivers who use ride hailing apps....
Government pay deal shows ‘disregard’ for Environment Agency workers
Unions have described the real terms pay cut as ‘a national embarrassment’ in the run up to COP24 GMB union have called on the government to ‘change their approach’ after offering a miserly, real terms pay cut in this year's pay offer to Environment Agency (EA) staff. The Government have offered a £250 or 0% consolidated increase, which amounts to a real terms pay cut in this year’s pay offer  The offer come after The Secretary of State for DEFRA in June implemented a policy set down by the Chancellor to “pause” pay increases for most staff, and award £250 to those paid less then £24,000. So far Environment agency have received a cumulative pay cut of over 20% since 2010. Environment agency staff have been at the forefront of fighting the environmental emergencies in the UK, including the major flooding incidents over the last 20 months. Staff were on hand at Todbrook Reservoir, Storms Ciara and Dennis in February 2020, and Storms Bella (over Christmas 2020) and Christoph in January 2021.  At the time both the Environment secretary and the Prime Minister praised staff in their response to those incidents, but now expect them to take a pay cut for their bravery GMB has demanded that the government change their approach, and are seeking an urgent meeting with the Environment secretary George Eustace to ensure that staff are paid the fair amount they deserve. Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National officer said: “Our members are appalled and angry that the Government have capped their pay. “It shows a new level of disregard and contempt for first responders in an emergency such as a flood, chemical fire, or major pollution incident. “EA staff were on the frontline saving lives and property when rivers burst their banks multiple times over the last decade and, we can expect more of their sacrifices in the coming years given the ravages of climate change. “The Government must change its approach and provide funding to the EA to give everyone a pay rise”....
SUPPORT NHS WORKERS - HELP GET OUT THE MESSAGE...
We're campaigning for pay justice across the NHS and if we're going to be successful, we need to make our voices heard loud and clear. If you're backing the campaign then show your support by sharing some of our posters and graphics. Whether you want to post them on your social media, print them out and display them in your window or stick them on your car - do whatever you can to get the message out.   https://www.gmb.org.uk/nhs/posters  ...
HELP GET OUT THE MESSAGE...
We're campaigning for pay justice across the NHS and if we're going to be successful, we need to make our voices heard loud and clear. If you're backing the campaign then show your support by sharing some of our posters and graphics. Whether you want to post them on your social media, print them out and display them in your window or stick them on your car - do whatever you can to get the message out.   https://www.gmb.org.uk/nhs/posters  ...
‘FREEDOM DAY’ MUST MEAN WORKERS ARE FREE TO STAY SAFE
We all want to get back to normal, but not at the cost of the putting lives at risk....
PM'S ‘JAM TOMORROW’ PROMISES DON’T AMOUNT TO ‘LEVELLING UP’
GMB Union has responded to the Prime Ministers speech in Coventry today. ...
GMB ETHICAL CARE CHARTER BACKED BY LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
Endorsement sends message to carers they are valued, says GMB Union ...
STOBART AIR COLLAPSE COULD BE ‘TIP OF ICEBERG’ SAYS GMB
This aviation employer has gone to the wall which one is next, asks GMB Union?...
NEW GMB LEADER PLEDGES UNION WILL ORGANISE, CHANGE AND WIN FOR WORKING PEOPLE
Newly elected GMB General Secretary Gary Smith told delegates at the union’s annual congress GMB will organise, change and win for working people...
Virtual GMB Congress 2021
500 delegates representing 620,000 GMB members from all parts of the UK and Ireland and from every sector meet virtually to discuss the industrial, economic and political agenda of the third largest trade union....
BIG QUESTIONS ON MATT HANCOCK’S CAPACITY TO HANDLE THE JOB, SAYS GMB
Today’s revelations are further draining away the trust people had in the Health Secretary after GMB Union raised concerns last year ...
PM FINALLY LISTENS TO GMB'S YEAR-LONG CALL FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY
Johnson must now set out the terms of reference without dragging heels, demands GMB Union ...
HYDROGEN KEY TO NET ZERO AND GREENER FUTURE
GMB union backs using hydrogen and hydrogen boilers as key tool in tackling greenhouse emissions ...
RUGBY LEAGUE AND GMB BACKED PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATION JOIN SPORT'S SOCIAL MEDIA BLACKOUT
GMB union supports all those working together to end discrimination once and for all. ...
ADDISON LEE LATEST GIG ECONOMY EMPLOYER TO FALL IN WORKERS’ RIGHTS FIGHT
Private hire firm Addison Lee is the latest gig economy firm to have their bogues self-employment exposed by the courts. ...